Public Outreach and Science Education

The NYU Neuroscience Institute is committed to bringing the excitement of the brain to the public. To this end, NOGN (Neuroscience Outreach Group at NYU) has been created to bring together faculty, students, postdocs and staff with an interest in communicating science with the community.

Brain Awareness Week 2014

March 10-16, 2014 we celebrated Brain Awareness Week with a series of events at NYU Langone Medicial Center and throughout New York City. To learn more about these and other braiNY events around the city, please check out

NYU Brain Day, Wednesday, March 12

NYU Community Brain Fair

Hosted by NOGN 
March 12th, 2014, 2-5pm, 550 First Ave, Farkas Auditorium Breezeway
The Neuroscience Institute hosts its annual community brain fair for all ages featuring multiple interactive exhibits on the 5 senses, neurons, the brain and aging, disease models, and brain myths with an activities and a crafts station for children. Tables with information from the NYU Langone Comprehensive Center on Brain Aging, The NYU Child Study Center, and The NYU Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, The Department of Neuroradiology, The NYU Langone Concussion Center, and Rusk Rehabilitation will also have information on the clinical work at NYULMC. 

Register here.

Staying Sharp

Presented by the Comprehensive Center on Brain Aging

March 12th, 2014
, 2-4pm, 550 First Ave, Alumni Hall B
In collaboration with The Dana Alliance and AARP, clinicians and researchers from the NYU Langone Comprehensive Center on Brain Aging will present a 2 hour panel discussion entitled "Staying Sharp". Participants will learn more about brain health and disease, leaving equipped with tips to age successfully and the tools to be "brain advocates."
 Register by calling 1-877-926-8300 

Enhancing Memory: Fact of Fiction?
Presented by William Barr, PhD 
Hosted by the NYU Neuroscience Institute 

March 12th, 2014
, 5-6pm, 550 First Ave, Alumni Hall B
Dr. Barr is the Chief of Neuropsychology at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and an Associate Professor of Neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. He specializes in neuropsychological assessment of patients with memory disorders resulting from brain injury, dementia, psychiatric disorders, and medical illness. Please join Dr. Barr as he discusses the latest in memory assessment and treatments in practice and in the news. 

The Living Museum- Documentary and Q&A with Dr. Janos Marton
Hosted by the NYU Neuroscience Institute and the Humanistic Medicine Program at the NYU Langone Medical Center
March 11th, 2014 7pm, 522 First Avenue, Smilow Seminar Room
The Living Museum is an art studio dedicated to presenting the art produced by patients at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, the largest state psychiatric care institution in New York City. The founders of the Living Museum were two scholars, Bolek Greczynki and Janos Marton, who sought asylum in the United States, at Columbia University's School of Visual Arts in the early 1970s. Their idealism, influenced by ongoing studies of the work of André Breton, Jean Dubuffet, Meret Oppenheim, Hans Prinzhorn and Leo Navratil, led them to start the project of an ever-growing refuge of Art Brut in New York City. Dedicated to beauty, the arts and healing, in collaboration with self-taught artists who had experienced the burdens of the world, the project space was initiated as a conceptual performance “taking place in the formless and fleeting (vergaenglich) sphere of trust in the patient, the prejudice of the spectators and the actual work of the artists in the space”. The Living Museum became, for several decades, a space where each participant could develop a sense of ownership and foster their inherent creative talents in any sphere of the Arts. Dr. Janos Marton will present the 1998 HBO documentary about the Living Museum and lead a Q&A for the audience. Register here.

Jumpstart Your Brain
Presented by Kamila Szulc and Mari Miyoshi
March 11th, 2014, 6-7 pm, NYU Child Study Center, 1 Park Avenue, 7th floor.
Come and learn the science behind why exercise is so great for the brain and jump start your brain for optimal performance. You will have a chance to practice short but effective sequences from some movement based modalities called Intensati and Brain Gym. Register here.

Part of the Child Study Center Educational Workshop Series
Presented by Pooja Vekaria, PhD
March 13th, 2014, 6:30-8 pm, 1 Park Avenue, 7th floor.
Dr. Vekaria, a postdoctoral fellow in the NYU Langone Child Study Center will present a free workshop for the public on the using neuropsychological assessments with ADHD evaluation and treatment.

Brain Awareness Week events are put on in conjunction with the Greater New York City Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. To learn more about these and other braiNY events around the city, please check out For questions about these events or to get involved with the Neuroscience Outreach Group at NYU, please email

Brain Awareness Week 2013

During Brain Awareness Week, March 9-17, 2013, in conjunction with the Greater New York City Chapter of SFN, The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and other area institutions, NYU was a key player in planning braiNY events to celebrate the brain and neuroscience throughout the city. 

Our flagship event was the Community Brain Fair held at NYU Langone Medical Center. The NYU Neuroscience Institute was proud to bring together basic researchers and clinical departments to present a broad spectrum of topics explaining the mysteries of the brain. In addition, clinicians from the NYU Langone Comprehensive Center on Brain Aging presented a panel discussion on brain health and disease, titled "Staying Sharp". The discussion was sponsored by the Dana Alliance and AARP. A video of the event can be seen here.

Throughout the year, NOGN visits classrooms, hosts science teachers and pairs with existing educational programs to bring NYU Neuroscience to NYC. For more information or to get involved in outreach activities, please contact Heather McKellar at or 212-263-9118.

The neuroanatomy table with sections from human brains

A spiker box demonstration shows neuro-muscular signalling in a cockroach

Vistors enjoying the NYU Community Brain Fair